Apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses are one of most cost-effective and beneficial ways in existence to improve hair health. A good ACV rinse can remove product buildup, restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair, promote blood circulation in the scalp–which can stimulate new hair growth–and give the hair a soft, healthy sheen.
One of the greatest benefits to those with curly hair, however, is that an ACV rinse will shut down the hair cuticle to protect the inside of the hair shaft from damage. Acidic solutions close the cuticle, which will keep moisture inside your hair and keep prevent frizz.
By infusing various herbs into the vinegar rinse, you can enhance your hair even more. See below:
Here are some recommended herbs to use with apple cider vinegar:
- For dark hair:……Parsley, Rosemary, Sage
- For light hair:…..Chamomile, Flannel Mullein, Marigold
- For red hair:…….Henna
- For oily hair:……Lavender, Thyme, Witch Hazel, Yarrow
- For dry hair:…….Marigold
- For brittle hair:…Horsetail
For maximum benefit, use of only raw, organic and unfiltered vinegar rather than the “sparkling clear” vinegar you usually find on the grocery store shelves. When doing the rinse, I also like to include additional ingredients such as aloe vera, agave nectar and essentials oils if they are available.
Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.
Rough hair shaft with open cuticles compared to smooth hair shaft with closed cuticles.
Don’t worry about the slight vinegar smell you will notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries.
Make your own healthy after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup (75 ml) ofACV into a quart (1 liter) of water. You can then store this mixture in a plastic bottle and keep it in the shower for ready use.
Please be mindful of how acidic ACV is and take this into consideration when you are introducing this method into your hair regimen. If done too oftenyour hair shaft will begin to break down, ultimately causing damage. I personally feel it’s best to do this practice maybe once a month or every two months at most.
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